During my recent trip to Poland, for the purpose of supervising a video recording, I took with me my Unbreakable® Umbrella (I always do). I flew to Warsaw through Amsterdam Schiphol airport and then back to USA through Amsterdam. At the boarding gate in Amsterdam (after passing the security check), I noticed a poster listing objects you cannot take on the plane. In the point C of this list were named blunt instruments not allowed to pass the security check. As I stood there, I put my Unbreakable® Umbrella under my arm, took a notepad and wrote down those blunt instruments.
Here they are:
C) Blunt Instruments
Baseball and softball bats
Clubs or batons–rigid or flexible, e.g., billy clubs, black jacks, nightsticks and batons
Kayak and canoe paddles
Billiard, snooker, and pool cues
Martial arts equipment, e.g., knuckle dusters, clubs, coshes, rice flails, num chucks (sic), kubatons (sic), kubosaunts (?).
No umbrellas though. Good.
For your defense moves to work under stress they must be based on your natural, instinctive reactions, require little strength and limited range of motion, and be proven in fighting experience.
To learn how your natural reactions can instantly defeat any unarmed attack, see the video Basic Instincts of Self-Defense.
Defend Against Weapons
To defend against weapons you have to know how they are used. Also—every stick has two ends … the weapon of attack may become a weapon of defense in your hand …
To learn how the typical street weapons (club, knife, razor) are used by an experienced streetfighter and how to practice with them, see the video Self-Defense: Tools of attack—Club, Hatchet, Blackjack, Knife, Straight Razor.
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